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No return on investments, farmers claim

NAITASIRI vegetable and root crop farmers claim they are not receiving a return on their investment. Prem Chand, a grower, said they were selling their produce for less than they spent to prepare land, plant,...

Tree planting initiative

AS one of Fiji’s fiercest defenders of the ocean and at the forefront of the national effort to combat and adapt to Climate Change and the protection of our environment, Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere launched Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation’s (FCEF) conservation program on the first day of the Top Executive Conference (TOPEX) 2022 by...

Brilliant way to promote Fiji

THE new direct flight from Fiji to Vancouver has been described as a nice, easy flight and brilliant way of promoting Fiji to the world. This was how Stacey Mullinger, owner and operator of a travel agent in Christchurch, New Zealand, House of Travel revealed of the newest direct route for Fiji Airways. “I think...

New international route described as “hassle free”.

HASSLE free was how a Fiji born resident now residing in Surrey, Vancouver in Canada described the new Nadi-Vancouver direct flight which was launched last Friday, November 25. Originally from Namotomoto Village in Nadi, Eseta Lutumailagi Batirerega said there were a lot of things that you don’t have to worry about now and one in...

Letters to the editor

Stop blaming INTERESTING comment made by the FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum when speaking to voters in Tavua where he said,”We are not here to give a speech on election or racial differences …We want to talk about policies but we are being forced to talk to you about these things.” My question to Mr...

Cost of weedicide an area of concern.

VEGETABLE and root crop farmers in Muaniweni and Nasi, Naitasiri want the same assistance that is provided to sugarcane growers. And the issues they face could determine how they vote in the 2022 General Election. Farmers claimed they have gone back to the old methods of farming simply because they could not afford weedicides and...

Editor’s Comment: Appreciating lessons learnt.

The fact that as many as 462 staff members and frontliners from the Health Ministry received mental health screening and psychosocial support at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic is something we should take note of. We learn that local counselling and social services NGO Empower Pacific provided this service during the pandemic. Exposure to...

Donor assist hospital

AFTER witnessing patients using torn curtains as linen and the shortage of adult diapers, the Labasa business community has stepped in to assist the Labasa Hospital. Among the donors is well-known businessman and The People’s Alliance party candidate for the 2022 General Election, Charan Jeath Singh. He made a pledge to provide $1000 worth of...

Farmer wants water crisis to be solved

ACCESS to water could become an election issue with residents in many communities raising intermittent to no supply as being a major concern over the past few years. Case in point, some families from a farming community in Muaniweni, Naitasiri, claimed they were forced to bathe, wash their clothes and even cook with water from...

2022 Election: $16k phone bill claims surface

NATIONAL Federation Party leader Prof Biman Prasad claims a minister in the FijiFirst Government has incurred mobile phone charges of about $16,000 in one month recently. He made the statement at a joint rally with The People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka in Ba last Thursday night. Mr Prasad did not name the minister but showed...

2022 Election: Don’t wait for 2026 – Vosarogo

VOTERS between the ages of 18 and 40 have been told that the 2022 General Election “is your elections”. Prominent Suva lawyer and The People’s Alliance party candidate Filimoni Vosarogo told people who turned up at a rally at the Naveiwakau Methodist Church hall on Tuesday night that this age group had the power to...

Assistance scheme now open

TRANSPORT assistance applications for students for the 2023 academic year are now open. In a statement, Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Anjeela Jokhan said all students in Years 1-13 whose parents’/guardians’ combined household income was $16,000 or less were eligible to apply for the assistance. “The ministry will be piloting an optional online transport assistance...

Frontliners provided mental health screening.

AS many as 462 staff members and front liners from the Health Ministry were provided mental health screening and psychosocial support by local counselling and social services NGO, Empower Pacific, at the height of the pandemic. Exposure to daily stressors may have led to negative mental health conditions of Fijian health care workers, states Empower...

For a Good Cause

A COMPANY with a goal to encourage holistic wellbeing in its staff and guests, the Marriott International Hotels and Resorts group held their annual fundraiser sporting event on Saturday, November 19 2022. The ‘Run To Give’ fundraiser is a key event for the Asia Pacific under the company’s ‘TakeCare’ movement, which aims to encourage associates...

2022 General Election: Stay put at your polling stations and vote – Ali

STAY put! That’s the message Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator and human rights advocate Shamima Ali is sending out to all eligible voters. “Stay near your polling station, cast your vote on December 14 and make it count,” she said. She said December was a time when people, especially the iTaukei, made Christmas plans and...

What’s Happening Today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather – Cloudy periods with some showers over Suva/Nausori, interior Serua-Namosi and Naitasiri, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti group and the Northern division. -Fine weather elsewhere...

Pacific fisheries observers could return.

Commercial fishing vessels in the Pacific could see regional fisheries observers returning to their decks as early as January. Before the pandemic there were around 800 regional fisheries observers on board vessels in the region. These independent witnesses spent weeks – sometimes months – collecting objective data relating to the volume and type of fish,...

29th November

$4k from Salted Fish

Fish is an important source of protein for Fijians. And while salted fish might not be popular in the iTaukei community, it had the potential to become a booming business. A month’s fishing, which included salting and drying of fish, had netted the Muanicake Fishing group of Muanicake Village in the Lau Group a little...

‘Don’t Fall for Nonsense’

WE are not here to talk about racial differences, says FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. While speaking to supporters in Tavua, the Attorney-General took aim at his major political opponents who he claimed have been appealing to voters using race and religion as a drawcard. “We are not here to give a speech about election...

Indulge In Nature.

BEACHCOMBER Island Resort is experiencing an influx of day cruise passengers through our local market. It’s fun, it’s exciting and the Resort is definitely your place to get away from the city for the weekend and spend the perfect day in paradise. Bring the family, for an amazing day on our shores and experience the...

Sailing With The Winds.

WATCHING Seru Saumakidonu calmly control his two-man crew onboard a vessel held together by coconut sinew and ropes, is like watching a maestro conduct an orchestra. As the swell in waters off Leuleuvia Island began to toss the I Vola Siga Vou, a traditional iTaukei catamaran around, the Bua native began issuing orders on how...

PM takes a swipe at Rabuka

VOTING for The People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka will take Fijians back to 2000, says FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama. He made the comments during a party campaign meeting at the Vashist Muni School Hall in Navua last Friday. Mr Bainimarama said his government had removed uncertainty from the country. He also claimed Mr Rabuka and...

Lata to stand for NFP in 2022 General Elections.

NATIONAL Federation Party 2022 General Election candidate Ansu Lata claims Fiji has lost respect in the international community. She said she decided to contest the polls this year because she felt it was time for the issue to be rectified through a change of leadership and Government. “I intend to be a driving force behind...

Bainimarama: Rabuka is a Flop

FIJIFIRST leader Voreqe Bainimarama labelled The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka “a flop” after Mr Rabuka said he could not read the PM’s mind or know his intentions. Mr Bainimarama was referring to comments Mr Rabuka made at a joint news conference with the National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad last week. “He...

Canegrower claims “there is lack of focus”

PROMINENT canegrower Arun Sharma claims there is a lack of focus by political parties on addressing key issues affecting the sugar industry. The Moto, Ba, farmer said in the lead up to the 2022 General Election, some political parties were talking about increasing the guaranteed cane price, but much more was needed. “So far, only...

‘Policies play vital role in sustaining economy’

POLITICAL institutional arrangements and their policies play a vital role in sustaining the economy of any country, says noted University of the South Pacific academic Dr Neelesh Gounder. As such, elections are likely to pique the interest of private sector organisations. Dr Gounder said different stakeholders within the economic system were expected to respond to...

Financial inclusion and literacy for staff

FOR the first time, as part of its staff financial inclusion and literacy program, Fiji Gateway Hotel partnered with the Reserve Bank of Fiji to provide the much-needed awareness training to its staff members. According to Tourism Fiji some of the areas the training covered include planning and budgeting, the importance of saving and how...

Digital operator launches Christmas campaign.

WITH the launch of its Christmas campaign this month, Digicel will be giving away $100,000 worth of cash and prizes. In a media release issued yesterday, Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Farid Mohammed said this year they were celebrating the joy of giving in every home in Fiji. “Our Santa sack is stuffed full of...

A-G Under Scrutiny

FIJIFIRST party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is facing widespread criticism on social media after questioning a Fiji Labour Party candidate’s ability because he is a “bhajaniya”. Social media platforms have attacked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum for suggesting that a bhajaniya (singer of religious songs) would not be able to contribute effectively to Parliamentary debate. Fijians have called...

Women Mentors

THE ‘solar grandmas’ sent to study at the Barefoot College in India in 2014 will become mentors at the new college in Vanua Levu. Women’s Minister Rosy Akbar said they were aware that some had passed away but the rest would be included in the curriculum once the new Barefoot College opens in Nadogo, Macuata...

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